The AYA’s history starts in 2003, when a couple young astrologers noted a problem. There weren’t very many young people attending workshops and conferences, and there were even fewer speaking at them. These astrologers talked to others, and a conversation began about why this was the case, and what could be done about it.
Less than six months and over a thousand conversations later, the Association for Young Astrologers was born. AYA was founded to build bridges across generational divides, to connect younger astrologers with the astrological community as well advocating for them. Not only that, but AYA created a place for young astrologers to network with and learn from each other.
Since then AYA has pursued and achieved its goals admirably. The AYA succeeded at making it possible for young astrologers to attend, as well as speak at, a number of conferences and workshops. Not only that, AYA has facilitated an abundance of online and in-person networking, fostering community between peers as well mentorships between generations. During that time, AYA also accumulated an archive of educational materials for its members. Last but not least, AYA has hosted some fine mighty fine parties.
Still less than a decade old, AYA has accomplished much of it what it set out to do and is now ready to grow. Not only will AYA continue its current support and advocacy, but a number of new things are in the works. We’ll be expanding our educational archive, starting a blog to highlight the works of young astrologers you may not have heard of, extending our mentorship program, and finally, we are proud to announce that we will soon be publishing the first issue of our annual journal, “Ascendant.”